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India to host World Spice Congress, focus on the Gulf

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NEW DELHI, 28th November, 2022 (WAM) — India will host the three-day 14th World Spice Congress from 16th February 2023 as part of its upcoming presidency of the Group of Twenty (G-20) countries.

The Congress is being planned with an eye on the Gulf and Arab markets which are popular destinations for Indian spices.

“This time, the Spices Board of India is organising the World Spice Congress as a G-20 event on the sidelines of India’s G-20 presidency for the period from December 2022 to November 2023. The Congress will focus on further strengthening India’s trade ties with the G-20 countries,” said D Sathiyan, Secretary of the Spices Board of India.

“Interaction with the regulatory authorities of the major importing countries, ministers of trade and industry associations of the G-20 member countries are expected to take place at the World Spice Congress 2023,” he added.

The theme chosen for the next edition of the Congress is “Vision 2030: SPICES.” The acronym is a pun of the sub-themes of the Congress – Sustainability, Productivity, Innovation, Collaboration, Excellence and Safety.

The February 2023 event will be the 14th World Spice Congress. The first Congress was held in 1990. Since then, it has become a biennial event.

Saudi Arabian participation has been a consistent feature of every such Congress. The organisers want to expand their focus for the next Congress to include the UAE, Egypt and Oman. All these are growing markets for Indian spices, which are integral to the culinary traditions of the Gulf and Arab regions.

Over 1,000 delegates from more than 50 countries are expected to participate in the next Congress, which will take place at the CIDCO Exhibition and Convention Centre, Navi Mumbai in Maharashtra state.

“The World Spice Congress has been benefiting the spices stakeholders across the globe. It remains a much sought-after event amongst the global spice community. It will foster new business opportunities and strengthen trade connections,” according to the Indian Ministry of Commerce and Industry.

In addition to the business sessions, the event will have an exhibition demonstrating the strengths and capabilities of the Indian spice industry, including the product range, applications in the medicinal and health areas, innovations and cutting-edge technologies.

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